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Chom Ong Cave

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Up for a little Udomxai adventure? Chom Ong Cave is located 44 km west of Udomxai, about half of that journey off-road. The remote cave is rarely visited, and that alone may make it worthwhile for some travellers.

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Chom Ong is a cave system along a four kilometre mountain ridge. The Udomxai tourism department states that 17 km of it has been explored by the Lao-European Cave Project (2009, 2010 and 2011), and it is the longest cave in northern Laos. The cave is summarised as follows:

“The typical passage dimension is 20-25 m width and 20-30 metres-height. There are two overlaying passages, a river and a fossil passage, which are linked at one huge hall with 100 metres-length, 30 metres-width and ceiling heights of 30-50 metres.”

The road is long and winding. Photo taken in or around Chom Ong Cave, Udomxai, Laos by Cindy Fan.

The road is long and winding. Photo: Cindy Fan

The easiest way to get to Chom Ong is to arrange private transport or a tour through the Tourism Office. However, for experienced motorbike riders, reaching the cave can be done ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)

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